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Paoli Hospital Recognized Among Nation’s Top 1% of Hospitals for Quality, Patient Care and Operating Efficiency

Monday, June 14, 2010

(Paoli, Pa.) — For the second consecutive year, Paoli Hospital has been honored by the Premier healthcare alliance with the prestigious “Premier Award for Quality” (AFQ) for providing outstanding patient care and consistently setting the standard in clinical excellence and operational efficiency. Paoli is one of only 21 hospitals to earn this distinction, putting it in the top one percent in the nation, and is among the five percent of award recipients to win it two years in a row.

“This award is truly a credit to everyone at Paoli—our administrators, physicians, clinical staff and support personnel—who strive to continually improve the quality and safety of care we deliver to each and every patient who comes through our doors,” said Paoli Hospital President Barbara Tachovsky, who accepted the award at the 2010 Premier Annual Breakthroughs Conference & Exhibition, which was held June 8 -11 in Washington DC.

There were 3,788 hospitals and 346 healthcare systems eligible to receive the award.  Hospitals do not apply for this honor, but instead are identified among all acute care facilities that submit data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the CMS Hospital Compare project. Premier uses performance-based criteria, including clinical quality outcomes, resource utilization, and clinical process indicator measures to determine top performers at the overall hospital level.

“The AFQ honors the efforts of industry leaders to provide high quality care,” said Susan DeVore, Premier president and CEO. “As we celebrate the achievements of these facilities, the alliance is helping to further improve the health of communities across the nation.”

Additional information about the Premier AFQ and related methodology can be found at http://www.premierinc.com/about/news/awards/index.jsp.

About the Premier Healthcare Alliance 
Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,300 US hospitals and 67,000-plus other healthcare sites working together to improve healthcare quality and affordability. Owned by not-for-profit hospitals, Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information, and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network.

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About Paoli Hospital

Paoli Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a 231-bed, not-for-profit acute care hospital and Level II Regional Trauma Center with outpatient facilities in Exton and Collegeville. In 2012, Paoli Hospital was named for the fourth time among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics. It was one of only 20 medium-sized community hospitals nationwide and the only hospital in Pennsylvania to make the list in this category. Paoli was named among US News & World Report’s Best Hospitals for the Philadelphia metro area for excellence in four specialties including gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, orthopedics, and urology and is a multi-year recipient of the Premier “Award for Quality” for providing outstanding patient care and maintaining operational efficiency. Paoli is one of only three percent of hospitals nationwide to earn Magnet® Designation twice for its superior nursing staff. For more information about Paoli Hospital, visit mainlinehealth.org/paoli.

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